First of all, let me say that the April issue of World of Interiors was Christmas-present good. Almost better than when my six-year-old self received Samantha Parkington from Santa (click here to see my special portrait with her... I commissioned it in kindergarten). Anyway, in addition to featuring Olympia Le-Tan's new showroom, the issue also showcased the Liria Palace, the Madrid home of the Duchess of Alba. Check out those 18th-century masked portraits by Domenico Maggiotto in the emerald sitting room - are they not the most amazing paintings you've ever seen? And those chintz sofas and needlepoint pillows? I can't even handle it. In the article, World of Interiors mentioned that the Liria Palace is open to the public one day a week - I'm determined to visit! A 1983 New York Times piece reported that alongside priceless Goyas, Rembrandts and rare porcelain figurines are "photographs of family parties and a collection of perfume bottles." Sounds rather lovely, don't you think?
(photos by Ricardo Labougle for World of Interiors)